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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Astérix & Obélix contre César (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 14 July 2000 (USA)
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Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director:

Claude Zidi

Writers:

René Goscinny (comic book), Albert Uderzo (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Clavier ... Astérix
Gérard Depardieu ... Obélix
Roberto Benigni ... Lucius Detritus
Michel Galabru ... Abraracourcix
Claude Piéplu ... Panoramix
Daniel Prévost ... Prolix
Pierre Palmade Pierre Palmade ... Assurancetourix
Laetitia Casta ... Falbala
Arielle Dombasle ... Mme Agecanonix
Sim ... Agecanonix
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Bonnemine
Gottfried John ... Jules César
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Caius Bonus
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Cetautomatix
Jean-Jacques Devaux Jean-Jacques Devaux ... Ordralfabetix
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Storyline

The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his money from the villagers, Julius Caesar himself comes to the place to see what's so special about their resistance. A special magic potion, prepared by the village's druid, gives incredible power to those who drink it. And Obelix, who fell into the pot as a child has been invincible ever since. With the help of Tullius Destructivus, an intrigeur, the Romans try to get Obelix and the druid into their hands in order to wipe the little village off the map, when the last potion of it's stock has been used up. But each individual also has some plans of his own... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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The Gauls are revolting!


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Trivia

Eventhrough the title of the movie (also in several countries) is called "Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar". the plot is not based on one specific volume of the Asterix-Series but rather features elements from different volumes:
  • The main plot about kidnapping Getafix is most prominently featured in the first book "Asterix the Gaul", adapted also in the movie of the same name.
  • The character Vexatius Sinusitus originally appeared in the volume Nr. 16 "Asterix in Switzerland". The money from the taxman however was stolen in the volume Nr. 13 "Asterix and the Cauldron".
  • The soothsayer is taken from the volume Nr. 19 "Asterix and the Soothsayer", which was partly the source material for the movie "Asterix and the Big Fight". However while in the book and the adaption he is fooling with villagers, in this movie he partly hypnotizes Asterix, which is explained as witchcraft.
  • The Forest of the Carnutes is prominently featured in the volume Nr. 7 "Asterix and the Goths". In both situations Getafix is presenting his magic potion, even-through it is in use for years. And in both scenes Getafix is kidnapped. Also Getafix's druid colleague Florix is mentioned
  • The character Convolvulus is featured in the volume Nr. 15 "Axterix and the Roman Agent". However he has little in common with the original character beside of being a roman agent.
  • The Roman birthday cake for Obelix is taken from the beginning of the book Nr. 25 "Obelix and Co".
  • Falballa and her fiancee are from the volume Nr. 10 "Asterix the Legionary", which was also partly adapted into the movie "Asterix Versus Caesar", In both Obelix is falling in love with her.
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Goofs

The beating the Roman legionnaires take when the Gauls are on their potion frenzy would most certainly kill them or leave them crippled. Some of them are thrown tens of meters up in the air and the impact from this itself would likely kill them in an instant. Most of them just get back on their feet moments after they fall back down on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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Crazy Credits

This movie is dedicated to René Goscinny See more »


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She Didn't See Me
Performed by A1
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Only if you know the comic.
31 March 1999 | by SirDarkSee all my reviews

This movie is a feast of recognition for those who know the comic. The story is straight forward. It doesn't follow any story-line from any of the comics. The movie doesn't flow, it's more a collection of scenes. The characters sometimes seem a parody of the characters in the comic than rather staying true to the comic. The visuals are good and have a comic book feel to them. If you know the comic this movie is worth seeing, but don't expect too much from it. For all the other people don't bother.


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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

14 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar See more »

Filming Locations:

Brittany, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF274,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$304,245, 6 June 1999

Gross USA:

$1,541,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,632,567
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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